Darren Wilson is the subject of a fascinating profile in the New Yorker this week, in which he reveals what his life was like in the days after he shot Michael Brown dead, as well as what his life is like now.

Throughout Jake Halpern’s piece, Wilson seems somehow both keenly aware of the racial dynamics of his statements and insensitive to the point of defiance when it comes to the implications of them. For example, when discussing the possibility that members of the black community don’t trust police officers because of a legacy of brutality, he quickly dismissed the validity of such claims.

“Everyone,” he said, “is so quick to jump on race. It’s not a race issue.”


With the first anniversary of Mike Brown’s death approaching on Aug. 9, here at aljazeeraamerica we wanted to know what lasting changes, if any, the months of protests and inches of column space brought about.

In collaboration with echosight we brought together Michael Thomas of Ferguson and Glenford Nunez of Baltimore to tell these parallel stories: http://alj.am/35es


Almost one year after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by former police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, the New Yorker has published a profile of the infamous cop. In passages recounting the fatal shooting of the unarmed man, Wilson maintains his innocence and seems to suggest, as he has in the past, that was unfairly victimized by the media and that communities across the country do not understand the complexity of police activities.

Here are 7 eyebrow-raising quotes from Darren Wilson’s interview with the New Yorker

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Darren Wilson Is Racist, As It Turns Out [TW: Racism, Ethnocentrism, White Privilege]
Writing for the New Yorker, Jake Halpern has turned in the first extensive interview with Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson, Mo., cop who shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown.
Autor: Jay Hathaway

Writing for the New Yorker, Jake Halpern has turned in the first extensive interview with Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson, Mo., cop who shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown. In conversations at his home, hidden somewhere “on the outskirts of St. Louis,” Wilson reveals he’s not exactly haunted by second thoughts about what happened: He “did his job” that day, and just wants to move on with his life.

According to the Department of Justice report on the circumstances of Brown’s death, Wilson is right: the shooting was defensible and didn’t he didn’t violate Brown’s civil rights. That’s the Justice Department report Wilson would prefer to focus on, not the second one that determined the Ferguson police and courts—of which he was a part—are racist and heavily weighted against black people.

Wilson repeatedly insists to Halpern that race wasn’t a part of how he did his job—“Everyone is so quick to jump on race. It’s not a race issue.”—but, in the most telling part of the profile, goes on to describe a blind, black, single mother who was powerless to stop her kids from causing trouble and allegedly committing crimes, no matter how many times Wilson tried to catch them carrying weapons.

“They ran all over the mom. They didn’t respect her, so why would they respect me?” He added, “They’re so wrapped up in a different culture than—what I’m trying to say is, the right culture, the better one to pick from.”

Halpern calls Wilson out on the obvious racial undertones of this “better culture” talk, but he insists it’s not racial, it’s just “the same younger culture that is everywhere in the inner cities.”

“I am really simple in the way that I look at life,” Wilson said. “What happened to my great-grandfather is not happening to me. I can’t base my actions off what happened to him.” Wilson said that police officers didn’t have the luxury of dwelling on the past. “We can’t fix in thirty minutes what happened thirty years ago,” he said. “We have to fix what’s happening now.

Meanwhile, Halpern points out there’s a bit of hypocrisy in Wilson’s focus on the wrong upbringing—(on Michael Brown: “Do I think he had the best upbringing? No. Not at all.”)—in that Wilson’s mother, Tonya Dean, frequently wrote bad checks and stole money to pay back debts.

He worried that she would steal what little money he made working summer jobs, so he opened two bank accounts. The first, which had almost no money in it, was a decoy. He put his real earnings in the second, secret account. Wilson also tried to preëmpt his mother’s stealing. Once, he warned a friend’s parents not to let her inside their house, because she would surely find a way to steal their identities and max out their credit cards.

Dean was loving, Wilson said. “She never wanted to hurt us.” He added, “But when it came to money she was going to get it, one way or another.”

His mother died in 2002, possibly by suicide.

But Michael Brown’s upbringing wasn’t “the best,” and Wilson prefers not to think of him, except when he has to because he’s being sued by Brown’s family. He doesn’t want to keep “living in the past,” after all.

“You do realize that his parents are suing me?” he said. “So I have to think about him.” He went on, “Do I think about who he was as a person? Not really, because it doesn’t matter at this point.

Asked whether Brown was a “bad guy, Wilson answered, “I only knew him for those forty-five seconds in which he was trying to kill me, so I don’t know.”

Darren Wilson noted that another inconvenience he’s suffered as a result of his killing of Michael Brown—other than occasionally being forced to think about Michael Brown, as a person—is that he has to be pickier about where he eats out.

“We try to go somewhere—how do I say this correctly?—with like-minded individuals,” he told Halpern. “You know. Where it’s not a mixing pot.”

h/t: Jay Hathaway at Gawker

I’m mad that I went on Twitter, saw Darren Wilson’s name, hoped that something abd happened to him, only to find out he was given a platform courtesy of The New Yorker to speak about his life after he murdered Michael Brown and got away with it. Fucking disgusting. 

At some point years ago, I thought The New Yorker was a respectable publication before 2008 but since then, they’ve proved to me and others time and ime again that they are only in it for the attention and controversy. 

I wonder how much they paid that piece of shit to humanize him and tell everyone how hard it’s been since HE fucked up and ended someone’s life.

Again, very scumbag journalist move by The New Yorker.

What #BlackLivesMatter Organizers Being Labeled ‘Threat Actors’ Means And Why It Matters

What #BlackLivesMatter Organizers Being Labeled ‘Threat Actors’ Means And Why It Matters

More proof is surfacing that #BlackLivesMatter organizers have been heavily monitored for quite some time, and the language used in a “crisis management” report proving that, issued by cybersecurity company ZeroFox (and which found its way into the public’s eye last Wednesday, via Twitter), should be quite telling, and leave you more than a little angry. ZeroFox readily admits in its report that…

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The Problem We All Live With | This American Life
Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent education, to get poor minority kids performing as well as white kids. But there's one thing nobody tries anymore, despite a lot of evidence that it works- desegregation.

This podcast is SO important. How do we fix failing school districts like the one that Ferguson, MO children attend? 

July 6  11:30 am
Yes, Sir, I am calling in sick
because my people are
dying on their knees
with their hands in the air,
praying to a god
who prefers white skin;
and the last time
we went to church,
we found our pastor’s blood
in the communion wine
but unlike God
he did not turn into bread;
and the last time
we dipped our hands in holy water,
an officer shoved us in
and choked us under
until the water turned black;
and the last time
we tried to breathe,
an arm clamped around our neck
and forced us to the ground
so we could hear our lungs explode
in our collapsing chest;
and the last time
we tried to stand up straight,
our spine snapped in two,
and when we tried to run,
our back ate four bullets,
our heart ate one,
and when we asked to be buried
in that same little town,
a pale-skinned terrorist
carried out the will of God;
and maybe, maybe I could
make it to work,
but I’m afraid to leave my house
because corpses hang from every tree:
corpses from a hundred years ago,
corpses from a hundred years from now,
corpses from this morning,
stripped of their names,
swinging in a stale white wind;
and you expect me to act normal,
to smile wide
and assure you that my people
are just exaggerating
about our own bullet wounds,
but even Uncle Tom
died at his master’s feet;
so, Sir, I am incredibly sorry
to inconvenience you,
but my people are dead
and my heart is sick,
and I’ll need a lifetime
just to cut down these trees.
—  When Life Cannot Go On As Normal.
Mourning the souls who are still your soul.

Remember to practice lots of self-care, everyone, and to take time to mourn or cry or scream or write or dance or whatever you need to do.  Don’t let anyone tell you how you should feel.

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Why are tags such as Ferguson being deleted?

I was really disappointed that this rumor got traction, and I hope you all know that there is nothing more important to our team than your trust.

Outside of a small handful of posts that were doxxing individuals (publishing credit card information, Social Security numbers, and private addresses, which we don’t allow for obvious reasons), we absolutely did not censor tags or remove posts about Ferguson.

Quite the contrary, our team featured the Ferguson tag (and a bunch of related tags) in all the places where we highlight content—as a trending tag, in the radar, and on our staff blog. If you search for “Ferguson,” you’ll see all of the hundreds of thousands of posts you made.

Mike Brown was murdered 10 months ago.

Darren Wilson still has not been arrested or charged.

Mike Brown’s parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, former Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and former Officer Darren Wilson.

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The 2 lawsuits are headed to federal court as requested by Darren Wilson and Tom Jackson.

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